Two Unrest Instigators Named, Held In Jail

At least two of the 12 suspected instigators wanted in connection with the week-long insurrection have been arrested and outed.

Haulage trucks, cars, and warehouses were set alight while shops were looted in the mayhem.

As many as 215 people lost their lives in the unrest, which began as the #FreeZuma campaign.

Outspoken Jacob Zuma supporter, Ngizwe Mchunu, was arrested in Durban on Monday as one of the suspected instigators.

With his distressed wife wailing, Mchunu was led away by the police in handcuffs.

Mchunu allegedly addressed crowds and encouraged them to protest against Zuma’s jailing.

The other person arrested and named as a suspected instigator is politician Bruce Nimmerhoudt, a leader of the Patriotic Alliance (PA).

He was a mayoral candidate for the PA party in the West Rand.

Nimmerhoudt appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He was remanded in custody until his bail hearing on Monday, 26 July 2021.

Nimmerhoudt has been linked to a voice note saying: “Comrades you have done good … we are now calling on our fighters from the East Rand for Friday 16 July.”

On Monday, the acting minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said: “Six individuals who have been identified as alleged instigators of the violent riots that flared up in parts of the country have been arrested.”

She said some of the arrested suspects have already appeared in court.

More than 3 000 people were arrested for public violence and looting in the unrest that began as the #FreeZuma campaign.

At least a thousand of the arrested suspects were scheduled to appear in court on Monday.